We had a great one the other night! The sky would not just illuminate so it looked like daytime but it would light up with sometimes three or four distinct lightning bolts.
Even though I was driving, every time this would happen, I would squeal with joy. "Did you see that one?!" It drove my sister nuts.
Sitting next to me in the passenger seat she was less than thrilled to be out in a storm. Before even getting in the car, she repeatedly told me to drive safely. She asked several people to text her if our Tornado Watch turned into a Tornado Warning. She was counting down the minutes until we made it home safely and praying the storm would pass quickly.
I too was excited to get home. I wanted to sit by our Palladian window and watch the lightning. She wanted to sit in the basement away from all windows.
Two reactions to the same thunderstorm. Likewise, there can be two reactions to the same life storm.
The reaction of Christina: praying it passes quickly, closing your eyes and hoping for a safe delivery to the other side, and wincing when the lights flickers.
The reaction of her older, wiser sister: enjoying the journey, getting a thrill from the unknown, and hoping the power goes out so the views are undistributed.
God, let me enjoy life storms as much as I enjoyed that thunderstorm. May I not just pray for it's quick passing but may I see Your peace amidst and through the storm. May I rejoice in every trial, see Your hand in every situation, and delight in the journey rather than waiting for the final result. If that's what it takes to praise You, bring the storm!
It makes me think of the MercyMe song "Bring the Rain"
Bring me joy, bring me peaceWhat about you? Do you prefer the stormy parts of life or the peaceful? Can you dance in the rain or do you ask for smooth sailing?
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain
Learning to enjoy the storms of life,